mens soccer vs. USF

Spartans sophomore forward Eduardo Miranda (23) dribbles the ball alongside his teammates Suliman Khorami (17) and Max Allen (8) during the team’s 4-1 victory over USF Monday night.

San Jose State University’s men’s soccer team defeated the 16th ranked University of San Francisco 4-1 behind two goals from sophomore midfielder

Willy Miranda. 

With this 4-1 win, the Spartans earned their second victory of the season.

The first goal of the game was scored by sophomore Kalei Tolentino-Perry at the 14th minute of the game. After the Dons tied the match in the 15th minute, Miranda scored the second goal of the game in the 36th minute to put the Spartans back on top 2-1.

The Spartans never trailed in the game. Sophomore defender Omar Lemus scored the goal of the game in the 66th minute, then Miranda’s second goal of the night increased the team’s lead to 4-1.

Despite being the only player who scored two goals for his team, Miranda believed teamwork was what allowed him to pull that off.

“It’s amazing, but it was a team. This was  teamwork. It was brilliant today,” Miranda said.  “It’s not about the two goals. I’m really happy about it, but more happy that the team got the win.” 

Miranda also believes focusing on all 90 minutes is top priority as a team. 

“We are more concentrated on the 90 minutes because sometimes we lack concentration, so we have to work on that,” Miranda said.

Last match, the Spartans went on the road against Saint Mary’s College of California where they lost 5-1. As painful as the match was for the team, Miranda believed it helped them encourage to play even better.

“That opened our minds. We have to keep on working hard to reach our goal to become champions,” Miranda said. “That really taught us a lot.” 

Senior goalkeeper Alex Clewis managed to help out the Spartans by getting five saves with precise timing and decision-making.

“Honestly, as corny as it sounds, it’s just a lot of hard work,” Clewis said. “I’ve always been kind of a little flashy since I was younger and just always was working on those things in practice.” 

Clewis believes the team shouldn’t get too overly joyed after an early first goal. Concentration is something he believes the team should focus

more on.

“You know right after you score in the first ten minutes, it’s easy to turn off as team,” Clewis said.

“You know, you’re all happy because you just scored, but we just have to know our positions better and just kind of be more disciplined right after we scored because that’s not the first time it happened.” 

Head coach Simon Tobin felt like the last match against Saint Mary’s was more of an upset, but he felt like this game showed the Spartan’s

true performance.  

“I think we got a little bit upset. We had negative results with Northridge when I felt like we were the better team,” Tobin said.

Tobin also felt like the Spartans could’ve ended the match with an even more dominant score. 

“I was glad today that everything went together. We also played well against Northridge,” Tobin said. “We could’ve still scored some more goals.” 

When the Spartans held a 2-1 lead at halftime, Tobin believed this was a momentum boost for the Spartans to come out and finish the game for good.

“I think getting a second goal before halftime was crucial. Getting back together in the league and coming out, we just wanted to dominate again in the second half and it took a little bit of time,” Tobin said.

The Spartans’ next game  will be against the University of the Pacific on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Spartan Soccer Complex.

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